indian culture in africa: Indian Culture in Africa: Story Of How Indian Culture Impacts On African Communities

Shatakshi Asthana
Africa, rich in natural resources and diversity, is also called the primordial land of humans. Incredible traditions from animals and birds to tribal tribes are also seen here. The special thing is that in the last several years, Indian culture and population has made an important place here. Profession Geophysicist Ratnesh Pandey has Navbharat Times Online It is told that once the dreaded tribal species used to fight with each other, but they started taking interest in Indian customs and social traditions. While China is trapping African countries in a debt trap, with the contribution of the Indian community, mutual love gradually started growing here and peace started spreading. Here are some excerpts from the conversation with Ratnesh Pandey-

all religions live together

Before Christianity and Islam, many types of religions were also prevalent in Africa, some of which are still in practice today. Even today most of the people are Muslim or Christian. Here 45 percent of the population is Muslim and 40 percent Christian. At the same time, 15 percent people of other religions live. According to an estimate the population of Hindus is about 6,67,694 in East Africa, about 12,69,844 in Southern Africa and about 70,402 in West Africa.

centuries-old relationship

The history of cultural relations between India and Africa has been very interesting. India has a centuries-old relationship with Africa because of its colonial history. When India was a colony of Britain, then most of the territories of Africa were also under the control of the British Raj. The British brought Indians to Africa as laborers in the 19th century to lay railway tracks and get farming done. A large number of these were Hindu laborers, who gradually settled in Africa. Gujarati businessmen also settled in Africa in connection with business. There is a different attraction in the local population about Indian culture, due to which it is expanding. (Photo: AFP)

connecting wire

An example of this is seen in Ghana where Swami Ghanananda Saraswati founded The Hindu Monastery of Africa and the temple in 1975. Swami Ghanananda was born in a village in Ghana. Swami Ghanananda used to tell that since childhood he used to think about the mysteries of the universe. He then set out on a journey to Rishikesh where Swami Shraddhanand advised him to return to Ghana and establish a temple. The number of local people visiting this temple gradually increased and with this the Hindu population also crossed about thirty thousand.

wide culture in every country

Local Indians have built many temples and shrines in South Africa, one of which is the ancient Mount Agecomb Ganesh Temple in Inanda village, which was built by Kristappa Reddy in 1799. Such a picture is also seen in Nigeria, Kenya, Mozambique. Traditional Indian Teej-festivals are celebrated here with great pomp. A grand Ganesh Visarjan procession is also taken out in Liberia. In modern times, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) group has done a lot of work here and has expanded Indian culture. There are currently around 50,000 people of Indian origin in Tanzania, and a large number of Hindu temples and community centers have been established here, where Indian colors can be seen.